Epi Dot - warped neck. Common problem?

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  1. 1981 LPC

    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    I've been looking into affordable 335 copies and borrowed a friends 2010 Dot. The action was set idiotically high so I wanted to correct that but couldn't get it where it needs to be before getting fret buzz on the G and B string at the 12th fret. They simply choke out after the 14th fret. That's with a normal amount of relief by the way.

    Sighting down the neck I can clearly see it's warped counter clockwise. Has anyone else had this problem/heard from someone who's had this problem?

    The warped neck surprised me because I have read mostly good things about the Epi Dot, 339 and 335. From what I've read, it's usually the pickup selector switch and input jack that go kaput.
     
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    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    No one? Everything is sunshine and roses with these Epis?
     
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    jkes01 Senior Member

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    Funny you say that, the selector switch acts up on my Epi 339. I should just swap them both out.

    I imagine it is more common on cheap mass produced guitars where the wood doesn't have enough time to adjust to being a guitar. Luckily, my 339 is straight and square.

    I would try leveling the frets and adding a bit more fallaway on the higher frets since these body shapes tend to have a hump where the neck meets the body. You won't be correcting the twist, but it should help with the action and overall playability.
     
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    chasenblues Senior Member

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    There's bound to be a couple of dogs out there and your friend got one..You know 1 bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch thing.

    I'd Keep looking.
     
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    refin V.I.P. Member

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    I've had two of them (still have one)...no problems here.
     
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    Not common in my experience. I've owned multiple Epi 335s including a Dot. I currently have an ES335 Pro. The necks on all of them have been straight, and I've been able to get action down and intonate them properly without difficulty. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Dot or the ES335 Pro (the latter being somewhat better for the same price IMHO).
     
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    Are you sure they're the same price?
     
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    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    Thanks all.

    A few hours at a local guitar store taught me that the Epi 335, 339 and Casino aren't my thing after all. But I rather liked the Emperor Swingster and Joe Pass model. Looking further into those.
     
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    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    Been around tons of Epis...never seen a twisted neck.
     
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    Dun Ringill Premium Member

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    And it's not a high fret?
     
  12. 1981 LPC

    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    Not that I could find.
     
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    That's NOT a warp, it's a twist. Almost impossible to fix, other than very precise fret leveling. It may cost more to make playable then the guitar is worth.
     
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    Matt_Krush Senior Member

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    My Dot is 15 years old...neck is still perfectly fine...

    Curious as to when that neck warped?

    Typically if its from wood not being cured...it'll do it pretty quickly after manufacture.
    If it was years after he bought it...then somewhere along that guitar's life it seen some severe and rapid humidity/climate changes or someone leans it against a wall by the head-stock.
     
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    The new Epi Dot I played 7 years ago had an amazing chunky neck that was almost on par with early 2000s Historic Gibson LP reissues. Sadly I don't think the current production Epi Dots still have that fine chunk-meister neck shape anymore.
     
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    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    Ah I see. So a warped neck would have an up bow or back bow that a truss rod adjustment couldn't fix?
     
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    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    He gigged it for a year or so after he bought it. It's been hanging in the living room since. At best the neck twisted after he hung it on the wall because he must've noticed it otherwise. At worst it left the factory with a twisted neck. My friend never adjusted the bridge height or truss rod (doesn't know how :thumb:) so the stupid high action was OG factory - perhaps done intentionally to mask the worst effects of a twisted neck. Of course there's no way of telling for certain what's what.
     

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